What to pack for a festival

Since the music festival season has come upon us and I am about to go to the Love Supreme jazz festival for the third year in a row, I thought I would share with you my tried and tested packing list of what to take to a festival! Feel free to add/take away things as you wish.

Camping essentials

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Small pillow


  • Cash – there are usually long queues for the ATMs and they tend to charge you to withdraw money
  • Driving license/ID if you intend to buy alcohol
  • Festival ticket and any additional paperwork (e.g. train/parking tickets)
  • Ibruprofen/Paractemol for headaches!
  • Phone – try and keep it on aeroplane mode when you’re not using it as this saves the battery massively. However, take it off aeroplane mode if you want to be contactable, it can be great for finding lost friends!


  • Light waterproof (mac) to carry around
  • Coat
  • Pack one outfit a day – I tend to take a mixture of playsuits, tops, shorts and a pair of leggings for the evenings
  • Hoody – it gets cold at night in a tent
  • Wellies
  • Trainers
  • Underwear (bring more than less!)
  • Long socks for wellies


  • A large bag to pack everything in – I tend to bring my suitcase with wheels as (weather permitting) I can wheel it to the tent
  • Bum bag – great for carrying around your valuables in the festival


  • Antihistamine┬átablets – useful for hay fever if you’re spending the weekend in a field
  • Bite cream/insect repellent
  • Any medication
  • Deodorant
  • Dry shampoo
  • Makeup (pack lightly)
  • Makeup remover wipes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste (you can get mini versions of these)
  • Tissues – carry these around with you as you cannot guarantee the portaloos will have toilet paper!
  • Wet wipes – use instead of a shower!
  • Suncream
  • First aid kit – containing plasters etc.

Food and drink

  • Breakfast bars – cheaper alternative to buying all your meals
  • Large bottle of water to refill
  • Snacks to keep in the tent
  • Alcohol – check the guidelines of the specific festival whether you’re allowed this, also some festivals specify that no glass bottles are allowed on site. Pack light as liquids weigh down your bag.


  • Ear plugs – if you find it hard to sleep in noisy places
  • Camera
  • Torch
  • Flag or something recognisable to put on your tent to make finding it easier!

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